Simple country life. A time where doors aren’t locked and people come by just to say hello. Where you can sit a spell, learn the latest gossip, or tell your favorite story.
This is the unique and timeless feel you get at Mosteller’s Barbershop. A place where you can sit in antique barber chairs. Where you are always greeted with a smile no matter if it’s your first time or your 100th time through the door.
Owned first in 1956 by Farrell Hallman then later by Clyde “Whitey” Carpenter, this barbershop has always been in the same building just a couple miles from the court house on Highway 27 West.
Clyde, working beside his wife Edna kept the barbershop for many years. In 1963 Max Mosteller joined the team and in 1969 Clyde sold the barbershop to Max.
Max had a couple of nephews who wanted to grow up and be just like him. They loved spending time with him. He taught them how to hunt and fish. So in 1967 Tom Mosteller joined his uncle at the barbershop and later, in 1971, his other nephew Jim Rudisill found his place in the family business.
Being a barber takes 1528 hours in school then another 18 months to three years to become a Master Barber. To Tom and Jim it was all worth it.
They get up every day and enjoy going to work. The best part, seeing the customers old and new. The worst part, standing on their feet all day, but they don’t really mind. The unique relationship they have with each customer is worth it.
Now over time there have been a few changes. The cost for one thing.
Tom says, “In school, you could get a haircut and shave for a dollar.”
Now, a haircut is $12 and only a beard trim is $3. They still remember how to sharpen a razor on those leather straps, but because of health regulations decided not to give shaves anymore.
Being in business for over 40 years has given them a lot of wisdom about owning a business. They have narrowed it down to two things. First, the customer is always right and second, always do your best.
Giving back to their customers is very important to them.
“We give free haircuts for two reasons, when you get married and after you turn 80.” says Tom. But they do more than that. “We go to the funeral home and give you your last haircut.” says Jim. “We also go to the nursing home or hospital. If you can’t leave your home, we will come to you.” Always giving 110% to their customers.
Now, this article wouldn’t be good if I didn’t add a story or two. Because that’s really why people go to Mosteller’s. So here is an official Tom and Jim story.
“One day this Mom brought all three of her boys in for a haircut. She looked at us and said, “I’m going next door to buy some groceries, just cut their hair any way they want and I’ll be back to get them.” The boys got up in the chairs and we said, “How do you want you hair cut?” They all said, “Mohawk!” “What are we going to do?” Jim said. “We are going to cut it like they want.” Tom replied. When the Mom returned, there sat all three boys with Mohawks. After the shock she said, “Well, if their Dad had brought them instead of going fishing this wouldn’t have happened.” She paid for the cuts and off they went.”
Tom and Jim both are proud of the fact that people feel safe leaving their children or elderly family members with them. They take this very seriously. “No child will be hurt as long as they are with us. We make sure they are safe at all times.” says Tom. A very rare quality in this day and time.
“We want to say a big Thank You to all our customers. We wouldn’t have the business we have without them. They are the reason we love cutting hair.” Jim says.
Mosteller’s Barbershop is open Wednesday through Saturday. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You won’t find them open on Monday or Tuesday. They like hunting and fishing together , so they leave a couple of days open for this.
Mosteller’s Barbershop, a unique family business with a special place in the hearts of those who go there.